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What FIFA World Cup 2018 means for the future of international football

Football's showpiece event, the World Cup, kicks off on June 14

FIFA World Cup 2018: Imaging: Ajay Mohanty

  FIFA World Cup 2018: Imaging: Ajay Mohanty And there it was. On an exhilarating, slightly anticlimactic night, Sergio Ramos enacted before us the most disquieting scene of any pre-World Cup script. We surely wouldn’t be in a World Cup year if some calamitous turn of misfortune had somehow failed to put a marquee player’s participation in jeopardy. Neymar’s foot injury was too early in the piece to have us genuinely worked up — the Brazilian was always expected to be ready just in time for Russia. Match sharpness was a concern but such fears were ...